Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services by Benjamin Shepard is an engaging and accessible work that will get today's students excited about the very real prospect of achieving lasting, positive change within their communities. It outlines a distinct approach to community practice born out of the intersection among social movements, day-to-day organizing, and the lessons of five decades of community change practices. This invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone involved in community organization, community health, and community activism practice research and policy.
Chapter 17: DIY Politics and World-Making: Mutual Aid, Anarchism, and Alternative Solutions
DIY Politics and World-Making: Mutual Aid, Anarchism, and Alternative Solutions
Many are drawn to an antiauthoritarian organizing ethos after witnessing the hyper-controls of large organizations up close. After watching the Nicaraguan Revolution of 1978–1979, anthropologist Luis Fernandez (2012) concluded that the revolution had replaced one oppressive structure with another. So he turned to anarchism. “The classical anarchist thought began to help me explain that if you are not careful with certain human organizations, they tend to reproduce hierarchical relationships that end up reproducing these tendencies for human control” (Fernandez, 2012).
Anarchist, autonomist, and grassroots organizations (AGROs) have fashioned countless approaches to community organization. Some involve antiauthoritarian impulses toward freedom extending into approaches to public health, urban ...